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First Methodist Church, Arkansas City, KS

December 31, 2013

Arkansas City was a stop on the “Texas Chief” train of the Santa Fe. I used to ride that from Chicago to Norman, Oklahoma when I was an undergraduate. It was timed perfectly to leave Chicago’s Dearborn Station at about 6:00 p.m. and pull into Norman about 9:00 the next morning. This was of course long before the debasement of rail travel and the creation of Amtrak. Sorry to say, I never disembarked at Arkansas City and ran the risk of finding the former First Methodist Church, which may even have been gone in the 1960s.

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What can one say about this mongrel of metaphors except “Yikes!”

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